26 Jun 2010, 5:58pm
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Group: Feds fail to protect Mexican spotted owl

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN (AP) – June 24, 2010 [here]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An environmental group is suing the U.S. Forest Service, claiming the agency has violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to uphold protections won more than a decade ago for the Mexican spotted owl in the Southwest.

WildEarth Guardian’s lawsuit, filed late Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., asks the court to keep the Forest Service from approving or implementing any permits or projects on national forests in Arizona and New Mexico that would negatively impact the owl until the agency prepares a biological assessment and consults with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The group claims the federal government has ignored its responsibility to track the owl’s numbers throughout the two states and that the Forest Service continues to approve logging, grazing and other activities on the region’s 11 forests that could potentially harm the bird.

“They aren’t managing the way they said they would, and we need to know that the owl is doing OK,” said Bryan Bird, the director of WildEarth Guardians’ wild places program. … [more]

Note: Bryan Bird? That’s pretty funny. Less amusing is the WEG’s strong support for Let It Burn right through Mexican Spotted Owl nesting stands. You see, “protecting” the birds includes burning them out, according to the wags at WEG.



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